At Okay counselling, our caring and qualified counsellors provide Grief and Loss Counselling services in Adelaide, South Australia. We are also available for phone and Skype sessions for those located interstate. If you are considering counselling, please contact us via phone, or, feel welcome to get in touch through our contact form and we will call you back for a friendly chat to discuss your needs.
Grief occurs when an individual, or group, experience a substantial loss, most commonly the death of a loved one. The death of a loved one is not the only experience that can induce grief. Grief occurs when people experience any substantial loss, such as losing a relationship, leaving home, loss of a physical ability, loss of financial ability, graduating from school, and many more. Going through these situations can be quite stressful on an individual, as they experience a range of negative emotions. Common emotions felt are anger, sadness, loss of self, guilt, disbelief, yearning for the lost, and these can occur collectively, creating emotional turmoil. This emotional turmoil can often lead to physical symptoms, such as insomnia and nausea, which impact an individual’s ability to function normally. There is a wide variety of ways that individuals grieve, which is unique to that person. Because of the unique ways that each individual grieves, there is no one right way to go through the grieving process.
Grief exists because, as humans, we form emotional, and psychological, attachments to other people, pets, locations, ability, and self. Grief is a natural reaction to losing an important aspect of a person’s life. Losing these aspects requires an adjustment to living without this aspect of your life, however this is quite a difficult process because of the intense negative emotional turmoil.
Without supports, grief can continue to impact an individual’s ability to function. If this continues for an extended amount of time, there can be negative physical and psychological impacts on the grieving individual. If a person has been experiencing their grief for an extended period of time, it would be beneficial for them to seek out professional help to increase their support systems. It would also be beneficial for those with previous physical or mental health conditions to reach out as grief can make managing health conditions extremely difficult.
Grief is not a mental illness that requires evidence based theoretical approaches. While it may be difficult to believe, time is the best thing for those grieving, as it allows the individual to come to terms with life without that bond.
Okay Counselling can offer support systems through our Grief and Loss Counselling service to assist in navigate through this extremely tough time. We are dedicated to providing a unique and tailored service to all clients, especially for those feeling vulnerable.
As there are so many varieties of grieving, it is essential to have discussions with the client to ensure there is a tailor-made service that is beneficial. An Okay Counselling counsellor will discuss with you about your life before and after the loss, and the current support systems in place. This discussion is to highlight the main concerns that need to be addressed, that a grieving individual may not be able to attend to. These concerns can range from ensuring that the grieving individual eats daily, to making sure dependable children are taken care of and bills are paid.
The main goal for Okay Counselling is to ensure your quality of life will not decrease while you are grieving, everybody deserves to grieve in peace. There may be some instances where medical treatment options may be required for those with extended periods of grief or previous physical and mental health conditions. This option is to be considered at the recommendation of general practitioners and psychiatrist and should only be a last resort.
For most individuals, being able to manage the grief stage without medications and treatment therapies is actually more beneficial as those options can extend the grieving stage. Okay Counselling is available to provide support for grieving individuals, and groups, and be there for you every step of the way.
If you would like to have a chat about our Grief and Loss Counselling serivce, please contact us.
The death of a loved one is not something to ‘get over’ and I gently suggest viewing this tragedy from a perspective. Losing a loved one is like having a limb amputated, there is no way to grow that limb back. However, you can begin to learn how to live with that missing limb. This is a much healthier way to view loss as it does not put pressure on you to revert back to who you were before the loss.
Grief is incredibly complex, and the impacts are unique to each individual. There is no time period that is a standard time for grieving. Being hypercritical of your inability to feel better is not healthy for your mental and physical health. Reflecting on the previous years, are there times you have laughed? Times where you have focused on, regardless of how long, something other than grief? While it may not seem like you are feeling any better since the loss, each person slowly makes their way through the grieving stage.
The manner that you experience grief if unique and sometimes others find it difficult to understand something they cannot experience. If you feel that your current support systems aren’t helping, then reaching out to other people, including professionals, would be most beneficial for you during this time.